Econo Lodge South Calgary Blog

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Film Still

Sometimes the best movies aren’t found at the movie theatre. In fact, many nominees of this year’s Academy Awards were indie films including Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird. Calgary movie enthusiasts agree that sometimes blockbusters aren’t for everyone which is why they’re hosting the 15th annual underground film festival.

Great Flicks and Awesome Company

You can enjoy awesome films with your family, friends and loved ones at Globe Cinema where the festival is hosted. Some of these films you probably won’t find anywhere else, featuring 30 feature films and 20 short films. This year’s titles include Paper Year, An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin, and American Animals, among many more. Other events will be added this year such as a retro-style cartoon event, video games at the CUFFcade, and a National Canadian Film Day event. 

 You Won’t Want To Miss Out!

This almost week long event is hosted by Globe Cinema between April 16th to 27th. Age restrictions will depend on the films ratings, but stations for everyone will be set up throughout the festival. Tickets are $10 for general, $8 for students and seniors, and $15 for any live performances.  Tickets and schedules can be found at the Calgary Underground Film Festival website. Food and drinks will be available for purchase within the cinema.

 Econo Lodge South Calgary is lucky to be at a convenient location for our guests to enjoy the events happening around our community. Book in one of our cozy, clean rooms and you’ll be a short 15 minute drive from the Underground Film Festival. We hope you enjoy your stay!

Outlook of Calgary Zoo 

Calgary Zoo brings back the magic of discovering new creatures and fun facts about our world, while admiring some of the most beautiful creatures our world bestows. Calgary arguably has the best zoo in all of Canada scoring a high 4.4  of out 5 stars on Google review. This is a clean, well-kept zoo with great staff who are passionate about their work!

Discover Animals From Around The World!

The Calgary Zoo chose to showcase their animals in different ways by segregating species into different “destinations”. These “destinations” help give animals enclosures that are more suited to their natural habitats and assist guests in find who’s where. These “destinations” include: Canadian Wilds, Conservatory & Gardens, Destination Africa, Eurasia, Land of Lemurs, Penguin Plunge, and Prehistoric Park. Fun facts about each habitat and its occupants are listed throughout the zoo, so you can learn more abou what these animals like to eat, where they spend most their time, their eating rituals - among other interesting facts.

The Perfect Place For Canadian Memorabilia

This makes for a cheap excursion for everyone to enjoy! Tickets range between $16.95 - $24.95 and can be bought upon entry or on their website. Don’t forget to pick up some awesome Canadian memorabilia when you’re there, including cute stuffies of Canadian mammals, Canadian outerwear, and LOTS of maple syrup. Food and beverage can be found within the Zoo, so there’s no need to pack a lunch!

The Calgary Zoo is located on 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary which is a short 15 minute drive from us at Econo Lodge South Calgary. Book with us for the best in accomodation for comfort, affordability, and care in the South Calgary area.

Outside the Telus Spark Buidling 

Only a 20 minute drive from us at Econo Lodge South Calgary, Alberta sits the Telus Spark Scientific Centre. This is a great place to experience with your family and friends as the Telus Spark Centre provides fun for both children and adult.

Learn All About Our World While Having Fun

Telus Spark Scientific Centre offers a great interactive models that teach a variety of scientific fields. Learn about biology, physics, geology, and more with displays and showcases throughout the science centre! An “Adults Only” night is hosted from 6pm-10pm every night. According to the Telus Spark website adult only night includes, “free reign in our galleries, a fully licensed bar, dance jams and even riskier science”.

Dome Theatre

You don’t want to miss the Dome Theatre, located in the Telus Spark Centre, for some interactive fun. This theatre is a special feature to the Telus Spark Scientific Centre. The best way to describe this unique event is “live storytelling meets digital technology”. This year Extreme Weather, Space Next, and Horizon will be playing on the HD theatre. Tickets are available for both general admission and admission into the Dome Theatre are as low as $26.45.

Check out all there is to offer in this fun excursion exclusive to South Calgary, Alberta! Our friendly staff at Econo Lodge South Calgary would be more than happy to help you find travel accommodation between our hotel and the Telus Spark Centre, purchase your tickets, or answer any question you may have! Book your stay with us today!


Get Spooked! Haunted Calgary Has Finally Arrived!

Halloween is on its way and to help indulge in the halloween spirit and get your scare on, the annual “Haunted Calgary” presents: Hollywood Horror. This isn’t just any haunted house… this is Calgary, Alberta's biggest and largest scaled haunted house which is hosted annually by volunteers and sponsors. This special event donates 100% of its funds and food raised to charity organizations in the near area. So why not do some good for your community whilst screaming your toosh off this October?

What to Expect

This event comes with a warning: enter at your own risk. Little is still known about the design of each haunted house as construction is still underway according to the Haunted Calgary Facebook page. However, the scare is themed off Hollywood classics so we can only expect to see lurking vampires, troubled maniacs, and maybe a little IT inspired clowns.

Times, Location, and Tickets

Haunted Calgary understands some individuals aren’t into the entire 10/10 guts and horror. Thus, the production team has set up two different “scare times” which allows for families to enjoy the events earlier during the day while adults and teens can enjoy the fright at night! To be exact, times available for a “low scare” grade will be between 2pm-4pm while the “high scare” will be between 6pm-10pm. Econo Lodge South Calgary is a quick 30 minute drive to Rocky Ridge Bay where Haunted Calgary will be held this October 2017.  

As stated before, this event is 100% pro bono, so tickets are by donation only. However, the Haunted Calgary Site recommends a $10 donation along with some non-perishable food items. This is an event Econo Lodge South Calgary is proud to advertise and our staff would be more than happy to help you with your travel to and from the event!

granary calgary foodie market

One of the most exciting public market, entertainment and dining experiences to come to Calgary in years is now open just 30 mins from EconoLodge South Calgary.

Home to some of Alberta’s finest artisan vendors, Granary Road is an innovative project nestled in the rolling foothills just a few minutes south of Calgary. Showcasing a public market, an active learning park and a greenhouse, the attraction blends exhilarating learning experiences with delicious dining options.

Overflowing with old world charm, there is plenty of family fun on the menu too, with a line-up of daily goat stampedes, chocolate-making demonstrations and meet-and-greets with the farmers who grow the attraction’s produce. Here are the highlights…
Animals and Agriculture
Check out the four-storey ant farm, take a slide down a corkscrew slide into a giant apple, fly on the  mini zip line that ends inside a gargantuan pear, bounce on lily pad trampolines and see a bee hive that has its own internal live camera feed.

Mouth Watering Treats
Food and beverage vendors on site offer everything from sculpted cotton candy to traditional bratwurst. Old fashioned bike carts deliver ice cream treats, while the Beehive Snack Shack provides a variety of grab-and-go options.
Specialty Vendors
The Granary’s market features more than 40 vendors offering everything from artisan cheese and old-world baked goods, to classic confectionary and homemade pasta.
The Greenhouse
Granary Road is the first market in Calgary to have its own greenhouse on site.  The greenhouse supplies the produce for the market vendors and the Granary’s restaurants, as well as offering the freshest produce available to market-goers.

If you're looking for a hotel near the Granary, the South Calgary EconoLodge is a great option. Offering some of the most affordable rooms in South Calgary, this cozy and economical property provides comfortable rooms at great rates without ever compromising on great service.

calgary stampede granstand show

Everybody in Canada knows that 2017 is a very special year – it is the country’s 150th birthday, after all - and the good folks at the Calgary Stampede’s famous TransAlta Grandstand Show are no different.

The show is a big hit with Stampede fans every year, featuring elaborate song and dance numbers, pyrotechnics, acrobatics and a spectacular fireworks finale – but this year’s grandstand spectacular promises to be even more special.

This year’s show, Together, is a huge celebration of Canada’s milestone birthday. Hosted by songstress Jann Arden, the show promises exhilarating surprises, magnificent sets and breathtaking performances.

After all, Together is produced by Dave Pierce, the Emmy award-winning producer of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics opening and closing ceremonies – so you can expect to see something truly spectacular!

Pierce has said that Together will be the biggest, most visually spectacular show yet - an extravaganza that’s not to be missed. We can hardly wait!

Talented Canadians such as the Alberta Ballet, The Young Canadians, Calgary’s adult choir Revv52, Inuit throat singers, Cailyn DeGrandpre and Samantha Kigutaq are all coming together in the show with an all-Canadian creative team to celebrate the country’s past, present and future.

You can expect pageantry on an unimaginable scale: breathtaking fire and water effects and a massive musically-accompanied firework finale. What better way is there to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday?

You can catch the show only at the 2017 Calgary Stampede from July 7 to 16. Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased online at

And if you're looking for a hotel near the Calgary Stampede, the South Calgary EconoLodge is a great option. Offering some of the most affordable rooms in South Calgary, this cozy and economical property provides comfortable rooms at great rates without ever compromising on great service.

usher calgary stampede roots

There are few things that really Make You Wanna - as Usher would say - throw your cowboy hat in the air, but if the news that Usher is coming to Cow Town for this year’s Calgary Stampede doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will!

In what is surely set to be one of the hottest shows in Alberta this summer Usher and The Roots (yep, the house band from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) will own the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, July 15 as part of the 2017 Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series.

With an incredible 178 awards and 310 nominations to his name, Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold a whopping 75 million albums worldwide.

Formed in Philadelphia in 1987, three-time GRAMMY winners, The Roots, have honed their eclectic contribution to hip-hop and pop music through a tireless touring ethic. The group has released 14 studio albums and two live LPs, including hallmark recordings Do You Want More?!!!??!, Things Fall Apart, The Roots Come Alive and Phrenology.  

You can buy your tickets for the show here.

The Calgary Stampede itself runs from July 7 to 16. The event celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the West. Dating back to 1912, The Stampede attracts more than one million people each July and offers the largest purse in outdoor rodeo – that’s more than $2 million.

If you're looking for a hotel near the Calgary Stampede, the South Calgary EconoLodge is a great option. Offering some of the most affordable rooms in South Calgary, this cozy and economical property provides comfortable rooms at great rates without ever compromising on great service. And who knows, you may even bump into Usher there!

James Taylor, Calgary concerts, Calgary events

It’s no secret that beautiful Calgary, Alberta is a hub for live music. Each month, our beautiful Canadian city hosts a long list of talented musicians and artists representing a range of genres and sounds. This March, of course, is no exception that rule, as a number of well known musicians will be making their way through town for anticipated concerts.


Without further ado, here are a few concerts we recommend checking out in Calgary over the course of this final winter month!


Eric Church | March 11


On March 11, head over to the Scotiabank Saddledome to enjoy a concert from country music superstar Eric Church. You can catch Church, who is the man behind songs like Record Year, Springsteen and Drink in My Hand, for tickets that start at as little as $82.00. Click here to get yours, and enjoy the show, country fans!


James Taylor | March 13


On March 13, legendary American folk songwriter James Taylor will be making a stop in Calgary. He’ll be doing so for the finale of the Bachelorette season 12, with songs like Fire and Rain, Carolina In My Mind, and Sweet Baby James. Get your tickets for this anticipated date by clicking here. They’re bound to go fast!


Mother Mother | March 20


On March 20, Canadian indie rock outfit Mother Mother will be touching down in Calgary. They’ll be taking the stage at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium with songs like Bit By Bit, Monkey Tree and Hay Loft – and all it’ll cost you to see them live is $45.00. Tickets to this concert, which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30, can be purchased here. Have fun!


Yes, this March, Calgary is looking like a concert lover’s dream. Book a room at our hotel today to put yourself right in the heart of the action! We look forward to welcoming you to town! 

bride wedding bouquet

Calling all brides-to-be!


We all know that planning your big day can be stressful, exhausting and downright overwhelming at times—but don’t panic!—because the Bridal Fantasy: The Boutique Bridal Show wedding fair is coming to Calgary’s TELUS Convention Centre this January.


Following on from the success of the 2016 event, this year’s fair is set to be even bigger and better, with plenty of unique bride-licious ideas to keep even the most discerning and difficult of bridezillas happy!


You’re sure to swoon at the fair’s dramatic fashion show, which will put all the latest gorgeous trends in flowers, tuxedos, gowns, destination wear, hair and make-up in the spotlight. You can also check out the fair’s famous gown sale and find your dream dress at a reduced rate.


You’ll also have the opportunity to win over $75,000 in prizes and the chance to win the Fantasy Wedding Package. The details of this year’s package are yet to be released, but to give you a hint, last year’s grand prize was a fantastic seven-night luxury honeymoon to the beautiful island of Jamaica, courtesy of Flight Centre Calgary and Jamaica Tourism.


All brides-to-be will receive a free Bridal Fantasy Wedding Planner & Survival Guide worth $14.95 and a free copy of the newest issue of Bridal Fantasy Magazine worth $7.95, as well as a special coupon at the door.


Add to that a tonne of free samples and complimentary massages, and you can understand why this fair well and truly takes all the stress out of the wedding planning experience!

The Bridal Fantasy show takes place on Sunday January 29 at the TELUS Convention Centre. Doors open at 10:00a.m., with the fashion show hitting the stage at noon. Just a 10-minute drive from the convention centre, the EconoLodge South Calgary is a stylish and economical accommodation option for budget-savvy brides-to-be.



The Parthenon in Athens, Greece set against a blue sky.

This September, beautiful Calgary, Alberta will host a handful of awesome events, each shining the spotlight on the cultures of far off places. That means that you can explore the world the world without ever leaving our amazing city!

Here are the details!

El Grito Mexican Fiesta | September 10

Our first stop is beautiful Mexico. On the evening of September 10th, take a quick drive over to the Chinese Cultural Centre to celebrate the vibrant culture of this amazing culture with an evening of food, dance, art, music, and more. The fun runs from 4:00 to 8:00pm. Click here for more information, and have fun!

Calgary Greek Festival | September 16-18

From September 16th to 18th, visitors to Calgary have the opportunity to explore the culture of Greece without ever leaving the city. This, of course, is thanks to the city’s annual Greek Festival, which goes down at the Calgary Hellenic Society Community Hall, less than 20 minutes’ drive from our hotel. This event, which will feature plenty of Greek food, entertainment and culture, costs just $5 to attend. Find more information here!

Calgary Oktoberfest | September 23-24

Next up is Calgary’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, which shines a light on the culture of Germany. This year, the event goes down at the Big Four Building, just a short drive north of our hotel, and will feature all the food, entertainment, and Bavarian beer you’ve come to expect. Click here to learn more about this awesome event, and have fun!

Unity: Dance Across Africa | September 25

The final stop of this Calgary cultural tour takes us to Africa, a continent that is home to a whopping 54 countries, each with their own amazing cultures. On September 25th, explore these cultures with Unity: Dance Across Africa, a dazzling, multi-disciplinary display that shines a light on the many amazing regions that can be found on the African continent. Tickets for this incredible show, which goes down at the University Theatre at the University of Calgary, start as low as $15. Click here to learn more!

Yes, this September, Calgary hosts some amazing, cultural events that are sure to leave you educated and entertained. To enjoy any of the events listed above, simply book a room at our cozy hotel today. We look forward to making your visit a special one!